Nicholas Grubic is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Nick is dedicated to advancing the promotion and evaluation of cardiovascular health to maintain heart-healthy communities, particularly in children and young adults. His research interests include cardiovascular epidemiology, sudden cardiac arrest, social determinants of health, and sports cardiology. Nick explores these topic areas with an epidemiological perspective, drawing upon large observational datasets to conduct studies that provide evidence to drive cardiovascular health change at a population level.
When reflecting on his experience as a CHAT Trainee, Nick said “As a member of the CANet CHAT community, it has been amazing to learn about the novel research and scientific initiatives that are currently being led by emerging cardiovascular leaders across Canada. This pan-Canadian trainee network provides a platform to meet like-minded colleagues and foster multidisciplinary scientific collaborations in cardiovascular science and public health. The CANet CHAT community is extremely welcoming and supports the ongoing development of both clinical and research trainees. Others should join the CANet CHAT community for opportunities to advance their academic training, such as through educational workshops and knowledge dissemination events.”
In addition to his involvement with CANet, Nick is actively engaged in other academic and professional societies. In order to mobilize a national response to cardiovascular disease prevention in the young and physically active Canadian population, Nick co-founded the Community & Athletic Cardiovascular Health (CATCH) Network in 2019. The mission of this organization is to promote cardiovascular health and prevent tragic cardiovascular events in sport and communities through research, public outreach, and educational activities. Nick has led various projects on behalf of this national group, which have resulted in important contributions to the research fields of cardiovascular health, sports medicine, and sudden cardiac arrest. You can read more about the research and initiatives of the CATCH Network here. Nick is also the current Journals Representative on the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Trainee Committee and previously served as both a Member and Track Lead on the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress Trainee Program Planning Committee. Additionally, Nick is an Associate Member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Research Collaboratory and a Member of the Heart & Stroke Young Leader’s Committee.
In 2022-2023, Nick received the CANet CHAT Publication Award, which recognizes outstanding publications authored by a CANet Trainee through nomination from CANet Network Investigators. His publication is titled “Bystander-initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: Uncovering disparities in care and survival across the urban–rural spectrum” and can be found here.
Outside of his work, Nick enjoys cycling, long-distance running, and playing the Croatian instrument known as the brač! To stay up-to-date on Nick and his research, follow him on X @nickgrubic and visit his ResearchGate profile here.
Recent first-author publications:
- Grubic N, et al. Community Interventions for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Resource-Limited Settings: A Scoping Review Across Low, Middle, and High-Income Countries. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2023;27(8):1088-1100.
- Grubic N, et al. Public emotions and opinions following the sudden cardiac arrest of a young athlete: A sentiment analysis. Am J Emerg Med. 2023;67:179-181.
- Grubic N, et al. Development of an Online Cardiovascular Pre-participation Screening Tool: The Community and Athletic Cardiovascular Health Network Screening Portal. Can J Cardiol. 2023;39(7):883-885.
- Grubic N, et al. Bystander interventions and survival after exercise-related sudden cardiac arrest: A systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2022;56(7):410-416.
Quote: “Being a member of CANet has granted me exceptional access to prominent scientists and healthcare professionals, all of whom have played a pivotal role in supporting my academic and professional advancement in the field of cardiovascular research.”